Mail bomb suspect has been arrested and identified as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc.
12 suspicious packages were sent to high-profile political figures throughout this week leading to a coast-to-coast manhunt for the suspect.
Devices had been sent to George Soros, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, former Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Cory Booker, Robert De Niro, former
Cesar Sayoc was arrested on Friday at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida.
I would like to begin today’s remarks by providing an update on the packages and devices that have been mailed to high-profile figures throughout our Country, and a media org. I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody. pic.twitter.com/UFjwjjUkLd— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
Trump praised the FBI and law enforcement officials and denounced the use of violence in the political realm. Trump called the packages and the events of the week “despicable”.
“We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen. And I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it. And to stop it now,” he said during remarks at the Young Black Leadership Summit in the White House Friday.
Who Is Mail Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc? Here’s What We Know:
56-year-old Cesar Sayoc was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Florida, where he attended North Miami Beach Senior High. Federal sources said Sayoc lived in Aventura at the time of his arrest.
On the night before his arrest, Sayoc was working at Ultra Gentlemen’s Club in West Palm Beach, where he was the door host and DJ.
Sayoc appears to have been an avid supporter of President Trump. His van, which was seized by federal agents, was covered in pro-Donald Trump
Person in connection with the suspicious packages found in Plantation, and will be charged. The van investigators are towing is filled with pro Trump bumper stickers. Details on @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/xD7GfgJjma— Darryl Forges (@DarrylNBC6) October 26, 2018
Photos on his Facebook page shows Sayoc wearing a red Make American Great Again baseball cap. He also posted multiple videos from a Trump rally.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Mr. Sayoc had been charged with five federal crimes and faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted.
• Cesar Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991 that includes felony theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as being accused of threatening to use a bomb, public records show. In the bombing case, Mr. Sayoc was accused of threatening to “blow up” a Florida utility company and a customer service representative who he had called to protest a bill. The records listed Mr. Sayoc’s occupation as “manager.”
• According to a 2012 bankruptcy petition filed in Miami, Cesar Sayoc resided at the time at his mother’s home. “Lives w/mom,” a handwritten note on the petition said. “Has no furniture.”
• Cesar Sayoc was arrested at about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center in Plantation, Fla., west of Fort Lauderdale. A white van that was covered in stickers was towed away from the scene in the late morning. According to a hairdresser who works at the shopping center, it appeared that Cesar Sayoc had been living inside the van for a while. Read more about the van, which authorities seized on Friday.
- Cesar Sayoc once worked as a manager for traveling “male revue shows,” according to the wife of one of Sayoc’s business partners.
- Sayoc’s Cousin Described Him as a ‘Lost Soul’ & Said the One-Time Stripper’s Brain Might Have Been ‘Melted’ by Too Many Steroids
- Sayoc Is a Registered
Republicanwhoregistered with the GOP in Florida in March 2016; Prior to that he was a registered Democrat.
- Sayoc Was Charged With Making a Bomb Threat in 2002 & Was Accused of Committing Domestic Violence Against His Own Grandmother
- Political Commentator Rochelle Ritchie Says Sayoc Sent Her Threatening Messages After She Appeared on Fox. Which Twitter ignored.
Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!! pic.twitter.com/xBY8FMbqnq— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018
- Cesar Sayoc had multiple run-ins with the law in Broward County as well
- Sayoc has a history of arrests for theft, illegal steroids possession and a 2002 charge of making a bomb threat. His 2002 arrest affidavit states that he threatened Florida Power & Light Co., claiming he would blow up their headquarters and “it would be worse than September 11th.”
- List of Cesar Sayoc priors:
- 1991- Theft
- 1994- Domestic Violence
- 2004- Illegal ID
- 2004- Controlled substance
- 2004- Evidence tampering
- 2009- Foreclosure
- 2009- operating w/out license
- 2013- Theft
- 2013- Battery
- 2014- Theft
- 2015- Probation violation
- +many traffic & drug arrests
- A fingerprint on the envelope containing one of the mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, as well as DNA on two other packages, allowed officials to close in on a suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested Friday morning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a 2:30 p.m. press conference from Washington, D.C., that Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, faces five federal charges and up to 48 years in prison. He confirmed the five charges are: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers. Even though Sayoc was detained in Florida, he will be prosecuted in New York City.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said even though Sayoc was arrested, “there may be other packages in transit now.”
Sessions cautioned that Sayoc had only been charged, not convicted, but added: “Let this be a lesson to anyone regardless of their political beliefs that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda. We will find you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
Cesar Sayoc has been heavily denounced by President Trump, his supporters and Republicans.
Clearly, Cesar Sayoc is a mentally ill dangerous lunatic and to paint every Trump supporter with the same brush is irresponsible and wrong.
Sayoc’s actions were fueled by no-one but his own delusions. Thankfully he has been brought to justice.
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